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Innovative and durable cladding solution for retrofit

BRE, one of a consortium of 12 partners from 5 countries, is working on an EU funded project, GELCLAD.1

GELCLAD is a cladding innovation designed with a wood-polymer biocomposite (ecoWPC) skin with insulant aerogel at its core.

The overarching aim of the GELCLAD project is to supply the market with a high performance, innovative and durable cladding solution at acceptable costs that can be applied quickly and easily to retrofit projects.

GELCLAD responds to the market need for sustainable solutions that meet the demand for renovation and refurbishment of buildings across Europe. It also promotes the importance of certification to the insulation market.

BRE specialises in assessing both environmental and economic impacts of product and process innovations so takes the lead on the impact assessment, life cycle and cost analysis of GELCLAD.

This includes the collection of data, calculation procedures and quantification of inputs and outputs of the system. This is all in accordance with ISO 14040.

The identified costs through the whole supply chain of the innovation development will also be assessed.

The full size panels will be installed and tested by LNEC and BRE who will evaluate its weather and airtightness, resistance to wind load, impact resistance and fire testing. Certification of GELCLAD products will be carried out during the life of the project.

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1Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties project, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the EEB-01-2016 topic of the H2020-EEB-2016-2017 call.